“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather a judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ― Meg Cabot
Sometimes, children develop fears of tangible things. It may be a fear of dogs, cockroaches, water or maybe men in uniforms, etc. It is not essential for the child to have had a terrifying experience with any of the objects of their dreads.
It will undoubtedly not help to coerce them to overcome their fear by forcing them to confront the specific objects. There is a possibility that dragging your panicky and screaming child towards a dog or throwing him/her into a swimming pool is going to go wrong. Children most often outgrow these fears themselves. Sometimes they find that acting out the fear, like pounding a stuffed toy may have the desired curative effect.